Taylar Peoples

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Taylar Peoples

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2014

Biography

Taylar Peoples was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently researching the presenting levels of distress of women in a relationship dealing with a chronic illness in hopes to link relationship stress to the down regulation of immune functions. After conducting research on Geriatric Relationship Interventions at Columbia University in the Summer Public Health Scholars Program she decided to pursue a degree in public health researching the social determinants of health. Her passion to provide interdisciplinary health care access to low socioeconomic families has motivated her to plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Public Health and become a college professor and a social and behavioral researcher.

Undergraduate Major

Psychology

Future Plans

Ph.D. in Public Health

Research

Learning to Cope: An Analysis of Distress Levels among Chronically Ill Women Receiving a CRE Intervention Conducted at University of Central Florida as part of the Marriage & Family Research Institute. Mentor: Dr. Andrew P. Daire, Associate Dean of Research, Department Office of the Dean, University of Houston Abstract: With an overwhelming amount of repeat offenders in the United States, many studies report socio-economic status, educational level of the individual, visitation, and unemployment as contributors to recidivism (Bales & Mears, 2008; Cochran, 2012; Esperian, 2010; Wang, Mears, & Bales, 2010). Moreover, research found not only that family contact and social support influence recidivism (La Vigne, Naser, Brooks, & Castro, 2005; Martinez, 2009), but that positive family social support predicts lower recidivism (Spjeldnes, Jung, Maguire, & Yamatani, 2012). As such, research interest remains in decreasing recidivism through interventions to strengthen couple and family relationships as well as improve post-release employment outcomes for inmates (Einhorn, 2008). This poster presents projected results from a study between the University of Central Florida's Marriage and Family Research Institute (MFRI) and a local corrections department examining the pre- and post- effects of a brief relationship education (RE) and career planning services intervention on the recidivism rates of participating inmates. Utilizing a Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) curriculum, the goals of this study are not only to decrease recidivism in central Florida, but also to contribute to the limited research on relationship education and inmate recidivism.

Disciplines

Psychology | Public Health

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